U.S.-China Regional Rivalry Could Overshadow APEC Summit

A man rides a bicycle past a billboard of APEC China 2014 with its slogans near the venues for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing, China, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP photo by Andy Wong).
A man rides a bicycle past a billboard of APEC China 2014 with its slogans near the venues for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation summit in Beijing, China, Nov. 7, 2014. (AP photo by Andy Wong).

Next week, China will host 20 heads of state at the Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) leaders’ meeting in Beijing, the biggest international event held in China since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012. In addition to advancing some of APEC’s standard agenda items from previous years, China is expected to use the summit as a platform to push for several regional integration initiatives of its own. While these proposals do have economic benefits for other Asian nations, their progress may be undermined by differences among APEC members, principally the United States and China, over how to promote trade […]

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